Provides access for one private vehicle and motorcycles to access Mount Evans and all developed recreation sites. (Mount Goliath, Summit Lake Park, and the Summit Interpretive Area).
Mount Goliath is a peak on the shoulders of Mount Evans. The Mount Goliath Research Natural Area contains 160 acres set aside for the protection, study, interpretation and enjoyment of the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine. Stop and visit the gardens, Dos Chappell Nature Center and hike through the bristlecone pine.
Summit Lake Park is at 12,840 feet and offers incredible opportunities to explore the alpine tundra and an accessible trail offers a short hike to the Chicago Lakes Overlook.
Next drive to the Summit Interpretive Area also referred to "The Top" to experience the high altitude air at 14,130 feet and then hike up to the summit of Mount Evans. There are three significant structures at “The Top,” two of which are historic: the ruins of the Crest House, the High Altitude Lab and the Meyer-Womble Observatory.
The average time spent along the Scenic Drive is 2-3 hours.
There is NO reliable cell phone service in the area. Please purchase your reservation ahead of time, at home or before leaving the towns of Idaho Springs or Bergan Park.
The reservation for Mount Evans is for the reserved date and time listed on this ticket and for day use only.
A reservation for the 3-day ticket is valid for 3 days from time of entry date. Ticket must be validated the first day of the reservation.
Print or download your reservation to your phone prior to leaving a near by town with cell service. There is No cell service at the Welcome Station.
Be ready to present a printed or digital copy of reservation at the facility Welcome Station. If you have a printed ticket, please place on dash of your vehicle; photo ID will be required.
Pass holders must provide the Interagency Passes or Mount Evans season pass for validation.
Cancellations must be made up to 24 hours in advance for refund minus $2 processing fee. No refunds for no shows or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance.
Tickets are non-transferable and cannot be sold, copied or auctioned.
Camping and campfires are not allowed within one-half mile of the Mount Evans corridor and the entire Summit Lake Flats.
Feeding or attracting wildlife is prohibited.
Pets must be kept on a handheld leash at all times, and they cannot be kept in an unattended vehicle.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,130 feet. The views are breath taking, but the road is in poor condition and has no guardrails so be prepared for slow and possible difficult driving conditions. Also beware there are many bicyclists that cycle this road.
The maximum allowable length for vehicles is 30 feet due to the narrow steep and winding road. Motorhomes are not recommended.
Conditions can change quickly and drastically on Mount Evans. The road can close any day throughout the summer due to winter-like conditions.
Road damage near Summit Lake Park, Slow Down before approaching.